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Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is a sweet beer with a pleasant flavour of hops. Indeed, for Bush de Noel, the brewer uses a traditional process which consists in placing hops flowers in the vats where the beer rests for four to six weeks by which time it will have reached full maturity, giving it a very distinctive taste. In the U.S the label generally reads Scaldis Noel.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2004
Bottled 25cl
Amber color, big cloudy and lace off-white head. Strong malty, sweet aroma with plums. Full-bodied, very malty, slightly sweet flavor. This really kicks with all its 12% ABV. Bitter alcoholic aftertaste. Good for freezing winter night.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2509) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2004
2003 Bottle. Poured out a nice darker amber color with a decent amount of carbonation and a tiny lacing head. The aroma was sweet but also told of notes of hops. The taste was very nice with a fruity/malty flavor that had a subtle hoppy finish with a slight bite from the alcohol. A nice warming winter brew!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 (Bottled, 0.33l, was 7-4-8-4-15=3.8) Clear dark amber color with a medium, tight head. Lightly roasted and caramely, sweetish malty and toffeeish nose with aromatic hopping. Caramel-malty, not overly sweet, toffeeish and peppery-spicy flavor. Quite long, dry and woody aftertaste. Pretty full-bodied, slightly wineous, low-carbonated palate. Hides the ABV remarkably well, although some of it is definitely present. A pleasant and tasty winter warmer with a nice dryish touch.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2004
The beer separates from the 25 cl brown bottle a shimmering copper color wit the head modest in size, creamy in texture and the color a toothsome light tan, the resultant lace circumnavigates the glass. Nose is sweet malt, hints of orange rinds, eggnog, start is sweet, and nicely malted, the top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is modestly acidic, the hops apparent in their spiciness, and the 12 percent ABV quite noticeable by the slight alcohol bitterness in the desert dry aftertaste and the nice tummy warming sensation, a marvelous beer for a cold winters night.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2004
Slightly disappointed by this. Full, malty aroma, some spice. Quite an alcoholic aftertaste. Some cinnamon. Nice bottle though.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Burnt sugar,almonds and fairly strong alcohol presence. Wasnít impressed and I still have 5 bottles left. Oh well.January is not far away. Brrrrr.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Caramel and spices in the somewhat stale seeming aroma. Opaque, muddy brown body with thin white head that recedes to cover and coats the glass very nicely. Spicy cinammon, brown sugar, caramel and toffee-like malty flavours seem muted and subdued. Very strong alcohol in the finish. Medium-full body. Bottle (at Rak n Tap in Brampton, ON).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2004
(Sampled draught at Akkurat, Stockholm) Dark amber, sticky white head. Good spicy aroma with tones of almond, burnt sugar, cocoa pwder and fragile malt. Rich flavours and body, burnt sugar, sweetened almonds, walnut, cocoa and light chocolate. Long, sweet aftertaste with notes of marzipan and burnt sugar. Small alcoholic notes back in the throat.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Bottle pours a peach tinted caramel. large foamy off-white head, intricate lacing, with light carbonation.   Sweet cherry candy aroma, mixed with a bit of watermelon.   Minor alcohol vapors hiding amounts the sweetness.   Semi-sweet candied fruit flavor immediately up front, followed by soft hop & malt notes.   The 12% ABV is well hidden.   Its warmth will sneak up on you.     Meh, seems rather limp for a belgian winter in the body & palate department.   Finishes with a bit more heat, less sweetness, and definitely more tartness.   Tiz alright, but was hoping for something a bit thicker and a bit more spiced.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2004
I wasnít too impressed with this. Reddish, deep amber colour. The aroma has lots of fruity, Christmas cake character, with some dark treacle. However, I also picked up something rather medicinal and strongly herbal. That medicinal impression carried through into the flavour. Something like a mixture of cough linctus and boiled sweets. The fruit is a touch jammy and itís more herbal than spicy. Too sweet for me and the alcohol is very intrusive. I found it a bit sickly. Thereís just not enough depth of flavour to compensate for the shortcomings. I have another bottle tucked away, so Iíll give it another go. Bottled at the Beer Circus, Croydon (Christmas beers festival).


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